Black Entrepreneur Ecosystem

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Black Entrepreneur Ecosystem
Southeastern Ontario

The Black Entrepreneurship Ecosystem for Southeastern Ontario (BEE) is a not-for-profit organization established to help spark the entrepreneurial spirit and to help accelerate the growth of Black owned businesses in South Eastern Ontario. This organization was created out of a need to help identify, support, and create a set of programs to help both potential and existing Black entrepreneurs to flourish in their entrepreneurial endeavors.

Vision

The BEE-SEO aims to become a hub that accelerates and helps to sustain entrepreneurial success in Southeastern Ontario by means of programming, training, and guidance obtaining resources available.

Directors and Board Members

Dr. Nomusa Mngoma
Patrick Egbunonu
Dejhana Sandes
Norman Musengimana

Events

February 20, 2023 – Black Entrepreneur Ecosystem Launch Party
Join us for drinks and conversation at the public launch of the Ecosystem at Daft Brewing on February 20 (Family Day). Here we’ll officially launch BEE-SEO to the community and discuss our next steps to bring resources and training to our community at large.

February 27, 2023 – Black Entrepreneurs Pitch Competition
We are working with our partners to put in place a pitch competition to help Black entrepreneurs in Southeastern Ontario get training, business strategy and access to prizes to help them take their initiatives to the next level.

Interested in participating? Email Norman Musengimana.

Programs

The Southeast Ontario Black Entrepreneurship Network brings together businesses and entrepreneurs who are running their businesses from this region.

Want to List Your Business? Email us below.

We work with our strategic partners to provide workshop and training programs to help Black entrepreneurs establish sustainable businesses.

Let us know if there is an entrepreneurship challenge we might help you to solve through the creation of tailored workshops and training programs.

We work hard to provide much-needed mentorship to both potential and existing Black entrepreneurs. Let us know of your immediate needs so we can match you with the right mentor/coach.

Are you looking for funding to help accelerate your entrepreneurial journey? Let us know so that we can help you put in place strategy and tools to help you succeed.

We are working with our partners to put in place a pitch competition to help Black entrepreneurs in Southeastern Ontario get training, business strategy and access to prizes to help them take their initiatives to the next level.

First Pitch Event: February 27th, 2023. Interested in participating? Email us below.

Resources for Black Entrepreneurs

Kingston Economic Development supports all entrepreneurs in their ventures as they explore financial solutions, business training, advice and more.  If you’re a Black entrepreneur looking to start or grow your own business please contact our office to help you on the road to success.

Apply for a loan of up to $250,000 with the RBC Black Entrepreneur Business Loan, available to eligible Black Entrepreneurs in Canada.

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In collaboration with Futurpreneur, RBC is providing funding to offer financial solutions and mentorship to help young Black entrepreneurs aged 18-39 advance their businesses with the Black Entrepreneur Startup Program.

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BMO’s program provides loans of up to $250,000 using specialized lending criteria. To bring business within reach for Black entrepreneurs, BMO is committed to championing the growth of Black-owned businesses. Learn more about BMO’s comprehensive programs, partnerships and educational resources designed to help you thrive.

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Businesses that have minimum black ownership of 50% or more and annual sales up to $15,000,000 will be eligible to apply for loans under the Black-Led Business Financing Program.

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Apply for up to $250,000 in financing with CIBC to help start, grow or take your business to the next level. Access expert advice and read inspiring stories from business owners like you.

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The Black Innovation Connections program is a 3-month, track-based coaching program that puts high-potential Black founders on the fast track to success and prepares them for the DMZ Incubator. Much like the Incubator, this program is customized to meet each founder’s unique needs. Connections also provides founders with an added layer of support to address the additional business barriers that Black-owned companies often face, including a $5,000 business grant upon acceptance into the program.

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To be the catalyst for Black generational wealth creation, the Federation of African Canadian Economics (FACE) has launched its Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund among other services for all Canadians of African descent to see a better tomorrow.

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Contact Norman Musengimana

Business Development Manager,
Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship
613-544-2725 x 7222
Cell: 613-217-0932
musengimana@investkingston.ca